I have been a professional counselor practicing individual, couples, and group therapy since 1991, and a BREEMA practitioner since 1998. 

I practice  holistic, somatic, integrative & behavioral therapy, tailored to meet the needs of each client and context.

 

I work with groups, individuals, couples, families, and offer training/consultation for therapists and other healing professionals. 

I am adept with a number of theoretical orientations and modalities, and can work effectively with a myriad of issues: 

 

•developmental trauma

•PTSD

•attachment issues

•relational dynamics

•stress related issues

•anxiety

•depression

•substance abuse

•addiction issues

•transition

•grief 

•identity issues

•Existential issues-meaning and purpose

•self-esteem

•motivation

Treating people with addictions, mental health, relational, behavioral, and codependency issues has been the primary focus of my work for the past 25 years, as well as incorporating the body-mind into treatment via meditation and BREEMA. Treating these issues at the root, has fundamentally meant treating trauma. Treating trauma effectively means including the body in therapy, which is where traumatic memory  is stored.

 

 

 

I trained in Breema at the Breema Center in Oakland,  Gestalt, Body-Centered, and Somatic Therapy at Esalen Institute, EMDR with Philip Mansfield at JFK University, Psychodynamic and Counseling Psychology at Berkeley’s Wright Institute, And group therapy at both Esalen and at the New Bridge Foundation. 

 

Facilitating a connection between body and mind and moving toward greater integration, connection, receptivity, agency, understanding, and an experience of  wholeness rather than focusing on fragmentation and brokenness  (whether personal or relational), is the emphasis of my work and treatment philosophy. 

                                     "Don't fight sickness, Nurture Vitality...

                                                              Let vitality take care of the sickness."

                                                                    Breema: Essence of Harmonious Life by Jon Schreiber

 

Formerly program director at the New Bridge Foundation’s residential behavioral health treatment program in Berkeley, CA, I incorporated somatic therapy, BREEMA principles, and body centered meditation into the group therapy treatment curriculum with great success; working primarily with active duty veterans, young adults and their families, couples, recovering professionals, formerly incarcerated men and women reclaiming their lives, and clients with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues. I also incorporated  these principles into my training and supervision with my staff team. It was there that I discovered the body is as indispensable in the therapeutic process as it is in life.

Currently I am a primary therapist at Bayside Marin’s behavioral health treatment program in San Rafael, and maintain an active private practice. I am also a clinical partner in Greeting Health: an integrative wellness clinic In Rockridge.

 

I serve as adjunct faculty at both JFK and CIIS Graduate Psychology programs, and I travel internationally a few weeks of each year teaching BREEMA and self-care workshops for therapists, doctors, social workers, nurses, midwives, educators, and other health & healing professionals.

I love people, the process of transformation, and healing. I look forward to working with you!